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Soundproofing uses various methods to block or absorb unwanted noise.

You may want to soundproof your property to stop external noise from neighbours or traffic. Or, you might want to stop noise leaking out of your property, if you like to play loud music for example. Soundproofing can also help reduce noise between different rooms in a property.


Soundproofing won’t completely wipe out unwanted noise, but it can significantly reduce it.

How much does soundproofing cost?

The cost depends on the scale of the work you’re having done. The average cost of soundproofing a single wall can range from £800 to £1,600.

What does soundproofing involve?

It depends on the type of noise you need to block, where it’s coming from and how much of it you want to block out.

There are 2 basic types of noise: airborne noise describes sounds like voices and music. Impact noise is the sound of something hitting something else, like a door slamming or a drill going through paving. More extensive work may be needed to deal with this type of noise.

Windows, floors and ceilings are where noise problems tend to arise, particularly in flats.

Ways of dealing with noise can include:

  • Double or triple glazing – this can help block sound from entering and escaping, especially if combined with good sealants around the windows.
  • Secondary glazing
  • Doors – a solid wood door will help block out unwanted sound.
  • Carpeting – putting down good-quality carpets, combined with noise-reducing underlay, can help absorb sound, stopping it from travelling from upper floors.
  • Silicone caulking – this seals up gaps in your walls that sound can travel through.
  • Acoustic panels and acoustic tiles – these can be attached to ceilings or walls to absorb noise.
  • Double walls and lowered ceilings – these work by creating a cavity between the lowered ceiling and the real ceiling, in which sound is absorbed. They’ll reduce the space in your property, but not necessarily by much.

Find out more about how to soundproof your property 

What causes problems with noise?

Many older homes weren’t built with modern pastimes in mind – like watching TV and listening to amplified music, while some modern homes are poorly insulated.

In 2003 regulations came into force to ensure new-builds and conversions have an approved level of sound insulation. If you live in an older property, however, soundproofing could be the answer.

What materials are used in soundproofing?

A wide range of materials can be used to block and absorb sound including mass loaded vinyl (MLV), foams, rubber and specially designed plasterboard.  

All materials are given a Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating depending on their ability to block sound, and a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rating or Sound Absorption Average (SSA) to show their noise absorption.

Softer materials generally absorb more sound than harder materials. So if you want to reduce the amount of sound coming from your flat, go for carpet rather than laminate.

What qualifications does your soundproofing specialist need?


Different types of tradespeople can carry out soundproofing work, depending on what you need, so you won’t be looking for a specific qualification.

Here are a few questions you should ask of your tradesperson:

  • Are they specialists in soundproofing rather than general building?
  • Can they give you examples of when they’ve solved a problem similar to yours?
  • What warranty do they provide?

Do you need planning permission for soundproofing?

It depends on what you’re having done and where you live. For example, you may need permission to change your windows if you live in a conservation area. For more information see the Planning Portal website

What about insurance for soundproofing?

As with all building work, you’ll need to check your tradesperson has full public liability insurance. This covers them if someone is injured or property is damaged because of the work.

M Grubb Soundproofing & Joinery. Over 10 years experience Supply and fit various soundproofing products. Specialise in soundproof walls/floors/ceilings Specialist in laminate and hardwood flooring. Free Quote. Competitive Prices

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Reviewed by Maureen on 19/2/2024

Michael and his team did an excellent job soundproofing our 2 bedrooms and hall. Would definitely recommend and would use again.

A-S-Taylor established in 1994. specializing in drylining,plastering,demolition and alterations. we are a family run company with many years experience in all aspects of building works.profile picture and photos will be uploaded shortly.

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Reviewed by George on 20/1/2024

We have just had soundproofing done by Aaron and Steve and they have done a fantastic job. Really made a huge difference for us allowing us a lot more piece of mind. They were always on time, Always tidy and really lovely guys. If we need any other dry lining work these guys will be the first we call.

We are a small company based in Sunderland,we cover all building work including extensions,loft conversions,kitchens,bathrooms and full refurbs

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Reviewed by Petra on 15/5/2024

Steve and team were great from start to finish. Responsive to queries and started as soon as weather permitted. Flexible to fit in adding the front garden paving at the same time. Happy with work, would highly recommend.

We are a family run business established since 1982 and we would like to offer our building services locally. We specialize in extensions / Home repairs / Alterations / Structural works/ Plumbing-Heating & Gas Works . TRADING STANDARDS APPROVED.

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Reviewed by Emma on 7/10/2023

Kevin and Barry go to great lengths to ensure they do a good job. Both speedy and efficient. Would highly recommend!

I have been in the building trade for more than 30 years. I have a good reputation and I thrive on working to a high stranded. If references are required then I will provide them and I will guarantee all my work.

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Reviewed by Trish on 20/2/2024

Really pleased with the two guys that did my job, really hard working guys. They have done a great job for me and cleared up after themselves :) I would certainly recommend them to anyone. THANK YOU so much Mark & Dave ????????????????

We are a small family run business with experience in all aspects of Building, roofing & home improvements. working around Newport and the surrounding area's. We provide a fast and professional service at competitive rates. No job too small, call now for a free quotation. newporthomeimprovmentscom

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Reviewed by James on 9/4/2024

All aspects of Plastering undertaken including: Skimming, Over-skimming, Float & Set, Boarding, Partitioning Walls, Rendering (sand & Cement) silicon Renders & Screeding. Contact Us for more information.

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Reviewed by John on 5/2/2024

Tom is excellent. He is talented, honest and determined to give his clients the best. Tom adjusted the soundproofing job to give us exactly what suited our needs. He also did a great job plastering and insulating. our garage, which had been leaking heat for years. I’d certainly use Tom again.

Calling via the Rated People website is the easiest way to contact me for a same day reply and best prices. If I happen to miss your call, please leave a message or text and I'll call you back on the same day Quotes where possible can be given via pictures, and all payments can be made via bank transfer upon completion of all works. With over 25 years’ experience in the plastering, building trade and 10+ years of Rated People positive feedback, I provide a first-class service, including damp proofing, soundproofing and complete bathroom/kitchen and home renovations from start to finish

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Reviewed by Mike on 25/2/2024

Sean and team were punctual, well-priced and did a great job damp proofing 3 walls for us. Would definitely use again and recommend to friends!

No job to small we take great pride in making sure we listen and carry out to customers requests and requirements on how they would like projects to look and finish within dates that suits

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Reviewed by wei li on 15/5/2024

The boss came round immediately, advised on the project, made wonderful promises, and later sent an estimate - which we accepted. After that, nothing .... no starting date, no reply to communications, nothing. My advice to other homeowners is stay clear of them.

Hello and thank you for checking out my profile, I’m James, Director of Coulman Property Development and chief Joiner. I have been working in the trade for 15+ years, and have significant experience in Property Renovation and Development, focusing mainly on structural alterations. We have worked on small domestic projects (beam in, wall down stuff) all the way up to start from scratch bespoke new builds and most things in between. Our standards are exceptional, we won’t leave it unless it is right. We can advise on planning permission requirements, as well as the latest building regulations standards, and are more than happy to share this knowledge and experience with our valued customers. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss you next project with you, and hope we can bring your ideas to life. Thank you.

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Reviewed by Cherie on 29/12/2023

James was very reassuring in his initial assessment of the required work and then delivered the agreed schedule of work on time and to standard without any delays or issues. Will definitely use again and would recommend to others.

A professional qualified insured family run business who puts their customers first

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Reviewed by Tim on 22/4/2024

Excellent job - John did exactly what we asked for quickly and efficiently. Very pleased with the results

I’ve been plastering for 35 years with vast experience in all aspects of traditional plastering

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Reviewed by Liz on 7/8/2023

Excellent and very helpful.

Welcome to Valter K Construction. Why choose us? We are General Builders, Roofers, Ground workers (including Quality Driveways and Patios, Fencing and Turfing), Bricklayers, Painters and Decorators. We provide a complete building service from top to bottom. We provide a 10 year guarantee on all jobs. Valter K Construction carries Public Liability Insurance. No job is too small, or too large. We only use quality materials from well known manufacturers. All our work is guaranteed and we provide written estimates for all our projects. Call our team today for free help and advice.

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Reviewed by Cimi on 13/10/2020

Absolutely happy with the work Very friendly guys Thank you Valter for your amazing job

BEYOND SOUND is a family run business based in Glasgow and serving domestic and commercial clients in the wider area of Central Scotland. We design, supply and fit quality Audio Installations & Sonos Systems, Home Cinema Design and Installation with bespoke joinery and acoustics if required, State of the Art CCTV Systems and Noise Control Solutions for your home and business. HOME CINEMA & AUDIO - What better way to come home and relax than catching up on TV, Movies or Sport in your bespoke Home Cinema? Our in-house Sound Engineer can design and build your amazing home cinema or multi-room audio/entertainment system which will be tailored to your budget and needs. We can use an existing room, or re-purpose another room like a garage or loft to install a 100+ inch screen, professionally set up surround sound and acoustics and integrated LED lighting. The results will entertain your family (especially the kids!) and impress your friends. There isn't a more immersive experience to be had at home. CCTV - Our CCTV Systems are high quality and state of the art. Compatible with your mobile device, with 7 day recording, night vision, motion detection and wireless capabilities, you can protect your family and property for less than you think. Don't wait until it has already happened, secure you're home now! NOISE POLLUTION & SOUND CONTROL - This can be a problem for anyone living in close quarters with other people. If you have a noisy neighbour, a loud business next door or need to dampen the sound coming from your own house or a specific room, we can help. With years of experience in this area, we are able to assess your problem and work with you to deliver a solution. OUR PROMISE - We do everything with genuine passion and care over our work, and go all out for 100% customer satisfaction. We can be trusted to respect your home whilst working as quietly and cleanly as possible. We only use the best equipment and materials for your budget and pride ourselves on delivering the very highest levels of workmanship and customer service. We work as efficiently as possible, without compromising on quality. All installations are carried out by a qualified Engineer and all work and equipment is guaranteed for a minimum of one year. So, whether you need a new way to listen to music or immerse yourself in film, require a CCTV System to protect your home or have to block out that noisy traffic, we can help you realise your goals on time and in budget.

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Reviewed by Chris on 7/2/2019

I got Beyond Sound in to soundproof the floor of my wee home studio and the results were even better than I had expected. Massive improvement in acoustics and a massive reduction in noise to the flat below. Not to mention that Steven was a pleasure to deal with and full of additional advice on how to make the room sound even more so like a professional recording studio. He even went out of his way to get the leftover materials cut to size so I could make my own acoustic panels for the walls! Absolutely outs

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Reviewed by Andy on 29/1/2012

Nick was very helpful when discussing through the options and did the job exctly as described. I'd have no problem recommending Triple CCC Carpentry.

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Reviewed by m on 14/11/2011

highly recommended

My name is Jozsef Krausz. I am a London Wimbledon based maker with over 15 years of experience in creating bespoke pieces. I also work with various materials and techniques, such as antique furniture restoration, French polishing, sculptures and decorative handmade items using wood, steel, resin, concrete, leather or whatever the project may require. My mission is to restore the legacy and beauty of handmade furniture and true craftsmanship. The aim is to create heirloom-quality pieces that can be handed over to the next generation. I can help you discover options and materials. Assist you with creative solutions, working out concepts to become a reality. I have worked with some of the UK leading interior designers and housing developers. I also created my line of designs which I launched in 2018 at the 100% Design show in Kensington Olympia.

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Reviewed by Leonie on 25/6/2021

We commissioned Joe to create an outdoor kitchen for us after posting an ad on Rated People. We weren’t 100% clear on what we needed, we just knew we wanted somewhere to house our bbq. Joe helped us through the design process sending drawings and colour options. He delivered the furniture a few weeks ago and we love it! It looks as if it has always been there and we’ve had lots of compliments. Joe wants to make sure you love the pieces he creates, couldn’t recommend him enough.

No matter what job you need doing here’s why you should choose Elite Construction. Our Builders are fully Qualified and undertake many different types of work. Here at Elite Construction we are enthusiastic, friendly, flexible and dedicated to providing you with a high standard of work.  We are based in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan. We cover the whole of Cardiff and Vale areas. We cover all aspects of work including, Stonemasonry  Stonewalling  Bathstone restoration  Brickwork and blockwork  Repointing Landscaping  Patios  Block Paving  Pathways  Astro turf

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Reviewed by Joe on 12/8/2020

Absolutely outstanding work, Morgan and his team were very polite, clean and tidy. The work these boys produced is outstanding, the front of my house looks brand new. I would highly recommend Elite construction and will definitely be using them again, Thank-you very much.

I’m a small building firm. That covers all aspects of building/construction. I have a very good team of trades which means we can deliver all jobs to your needs and specification. I pride myself in customer service and make sure the customer knows exactly what is happening at all stages of the work.

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Reviewed by nicholas on 20/11/2021

Absolutely spot on. The work was well done, tidying up was great, and they turned up when they said they would. Thanks guys

Hi im a time served carpenter and joiner with 30 years of experience i am fully qualified carpenter and joiner experienced in first and second fix as well as shop fitting i am a specialist in kitchen fitting, bespoke staircases but do cover all carpentry and joinery services no job too big or small

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Reviewed by John on 8/6/2020

Bary Briggs and team were amazing from start to finish of the requedted work. Knowledge was outstanding, work was outstanding. Time keeping amazing. Completed the work on time and within schedule as per tender for the work. I will definitley reccomend for future work at my property and to friends and family.

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